Hugh Grant and Nicole Kidman star in a new drama for sky. My first thoughts are, Hugh Grant? Was your talented actor quota hard to fill this year, Sky? What could this 90’s Rom-com-king possibly bring to the prime time drama slot?
I was never a Kidman fan either to be honest, but Nicole went up in my estimation earlier this year when I saw her star alongside Reese Witherspoon in Big Little Lies.
I felt she played the role of long suffering wife alongside her abhorrent husband (played by True Blood heartthrob Alexander Skarsguard) impeccably. Prior to this though, I’d not given her a chance.
When I saw the advert for The Undoing pop up during Derek Chisora’s fight on sky box office, I barely gave it a second glance. I mean let’s face it has Hugh Grant ever played a role where he stars as anything but the stereotypical British heart throb/hero?
Actually I tell a lie, I did see him recently in The Gentleman alongside Matthew Mcconaughey where he played the part of a gay journalist off piste, but very well.
If I had not watched either Big Little Lies or The Gentleman I would have never considered The Undoing a good enough show to take up my Monday evening before bed slot. However, good television is hard to come by at the moment with lockdown and the halt on our favourite shows, so we gave it a whirl. I wasn’t disappointed. So far we’ve watched five episodes of absolute show-stopping acting from both Kidman and Grant.
Hugh Grant plays successful, charming and delightfully warm, paediatric oncologist Jonathon Fraser. He spends his days practising medicine in New York alongside his equally successful, therapist wife, Grace Fraser. They have a fourteen year old son Henry who attends affluent private school Rearden in Manhattan. Donald Sutherland plays the role of Grace’s father, dutifully disliking his son in law but seemingly without much cause – at least at first!
Grace mixes in circles with other well to do, successful, verging on snobby, privileged parents from Henry’s school and it is there she is introduced to Elena Alvez, younger, bolder but no where near as rich, Elena develops a slight obsession with Grace. Mildly unnerved but blissfully unaware of any untoward reason for the obsession, Grace offers Elena free therapy during a conversation they have in the bathroom amidst a school fundraiser.
The next day following the fundraiser, Grace wakes believing her husband is on a business trip in Cleveland, later she discovers Elena has been murdered and her husband is nowhere to be found.
As her life starts to unravel, you see Kidman’s stunning portrayal of a loyal wife, forced to the edge of her sanity in a bid to make sense of the previous evening’s events. We soon find out Jonathon is the number one suspect in the murder of Elena, and the reason for that is – they’ve been having an affair.
More red flags start to rise as Grace goes on a desperate hunt for the truth. Is Jonathon still the kind and warmhearted husband she married? Or is he the perfect guise for a sociopath. We already know he’s capable of great deception, but do we know if he’s capable of murder?
Grant plays the role of tender and attentive doctor, shifting ever so slightly toward unnerving pathological liar, absolutely adoringly! A role I have never previously seen him play. Think Daniel Cleaver arrogance entwined with William Thatcher charm.
One of the best murder mystery thrillers I have EVER watched. There’s still the finale episode to go next Monday and the tortuous task of holding out for seven days between episodes has been immeasurably hard, whilst equally allowing the suspense to build episode by episode. So if you haven’t watched it yet, I’d recommended binging the the first five episodes before next week’s finale. You won’t be disappointed.
The idea of just one more episode excites me because my need for closure is reaching feverpitch, but in the same breath I am disappointed beyond words that this stunning show should come to an end so soon.
A perfectly twisty, and surprisingly unique whodunnit, cleverly played out with believable chemistry. If that’s not enough to convince you, Nicole Kidman also sings the credits and she’s surprisingly great at that too!